Israel: Labor Party

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Associated Press

Posted on November 30, 2012 at 6:03 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 30 at 6:33 AM

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Labor Party will field a list of candidates dominated by social activists for the country's upcoming parliamentary elections.

Results from Labor primaries released Friday showed strong polling by leaders of last year's grass-roots protest against the high cost of living.

Veteran lawmakers, including party head Shelly Yachimovich and former Defense Minister Amir Peretz, lead the list of candidates endorsed for the country's Jan. 22 elections.

Israel's loudest critic of settlement activities, Peace Now head Yariv Oppenheimer, wasn't chosen for the party slate.

Polls show Labor emerging as the second-largest party in the election after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Beiteinu list, which takes a hard line against concessions to the Palestinians.

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